Last night I watched Mitt Romney’s speech from Bucks County, Pennsylvania and noticed something I hope you’ve picked up on: his Secret Service detail is treating Mitt Romney like a President…and not just like a candidate.
What I mean is that the looks on the agents faces, and the way they aggressively keep turning their heads and watching out for Romney, is the same thing they do for the actual President…but it’s not the same level of intensity these guys provide for a mere candidates for office, former presidents, First Ladies, etc. While the Secret Service always strives to do its job well and protect all its charges…the PRESIDENT is where they put their most energy…and I think mentally the agency has moved ahead and realizes that Mitt Romney will become the President-Elect tomorrow.
I never saw them treat John McCain this way. And they never treated Hillary Clinton this way, either. But they did treat Barack Obama this way very early on…way back to December 2007 or early January 2008, whenever he got a full Secret Service detail. They always treated him like he’d be the next president, not just a candidate.
But that’s how they are treating Mitt Romney right now…making it clear to me that the Powers That Be know that Bathhouse Barry is one and done.
Have you noticed this?
PS: Has anyone picked up on the Romney family’s Secret Service code names?
The Clintons, for instance, were assigned “E” words…and are Eagle (Bill), Evergreen (Hillary), and Energy (Chelsea).
The Obamas are “R” words…Renegade (Obama), Renaissance (Michelle), Radiance (one of the daughters), and Respect (I think…for the other daughter…the one who looks a little like Aretha Franklin when she was young, so I think it’s an in-joke). Update: the other Obama daughter is called “Rosebud”, not “Respect.
I don’t remember McCain’s code name but I know that the Palins had “D” words…Denali (Sarah Palin), Driller (Todd), etc.
I’d love to know what letter the Romneys were assigned and what their word choices were. I don’t think the candidates have any choice in the matter, but the agency won’t pick anything embarrassing to them. The words chosen are ones that are rare to hear in a conversation…so that over their earpieces they will know to go running if someone would just shout EVERGREEN or RADIANCE or whatever.
UPDATE: I forgot about this, but there is a fun Wiki page that has all these names listed: Secret Service Code Names
The Romney family was assigned “J” and the Ryans are “B”, so:
Mitt Romney = Javelin
Anne Romney = ?
Paul Ryan = Bowhunter
Jana Ryan = Buttercup
Additionally, all the Romney and Ryan children will have code names that begin with “J” and “B” respectively, but details on those aren’t on the Wiki page. I wonder what Anne’s code name is. Does anyone know? I’d assign her Juno if I was picking because I like to use the mythology-based names. Juno fits with “Javelin” because it has a classic feel to it.
Other code names from history:
John McCain = Phoenix
Cindy McCain = Parasol
Meghan McCain = Peter Sellers (weird!)
Rick Santorum = Petrus (does that mean he’s related to the McCains somehow?)
Ted Kennedy = Murdering Drunk (I’m guessing on that one)
Jesse Jackson = Thunder
Joe Biden = Celtic
Jill Biden = Capri
LIVESTREAM TRANSCRIPT: Mitt Romney’s Speech in Morrisville, Pennsylvania will be on CSPAN at 425pm CST today!
What: Mitt Romney speech from Morrisville, Pennsylvania
When: 425pm CST on 11/4/2012
How to watch: CSPAN, via a link HERE
Format: Livestream transcript of Romney’s big speech in Pennsylvania
Justin and I are headed back to Chicago from Wisconsin right now and I’m writing this on his phone, but wanted to make sure you knew that you can watch Mitt Romney speak from Morrisville, Pennsylvania at 425pm CST today.
I really want to see what the crowd looks like in Pennsylvania and how much energy will be in that speech.
I think we’ll get back in time for me to do a live stream transcript of this…but if not I’ll watch it later and transcribe as I go. But I think we’ll be back.
The speech starts at 425pm CST 11/4/2012.
Here’s something that’s really fun to find all in one place: CSPAN has all the modern speeches for Election Night going back many years. Both the Victory and the Concession speeches.
Mitt Romney will be giving his Victory Speech in Boston on Tuesday; meanwhile here in Chicago, Barack Obama will be making his Concession Speech from the fortress-like McCormick Place convention center.
We’ve waited for years to hear Barack Obama concede defeat and prepare to leave our daily lives…so watching some of these past speeches will hopefully get you in the groove for what’s to come.
It’s actually interesting to go back and listen to the Victory Speeches and think about how most of these guys say the same things over and over through the years…but nothing ever really gets better in terms of education, infrastructure, etc. No matter what party is in power, it’s always about how we need to improve education but yet we never do. Could be because we have not yet eliminated the teachers’ unions. How about we give that a shot in the future, and take the other public sector unions with them?
430pm CST — waiting for the rally to start. Some man is singing a song I don’t know.
Shots of people coming in for the rally. Lots of little kids bouncing on top of people’s shoulders. The music is kind of catchy.
While it plays I’m going to make Justin some dinner since we didn’t eat on the road to and from Wisconsin. I’m using that lasagna tray I love so much but I’m making three different kinds of macaroni and cheese tonight, in the three different compartments: one regular, one with beef, and then a white cheddar and bacon one with chicken. I got a bunch of different cheeses at Mars Cheese Castle near Kenosha on our drive back and am using some tips the cheese lady there gave me for making these different mac & cheeses for Justin.
I swear, this pan makes me so happy and I use it every week for something: it’s great for baking too. Everyone I know is getting this from me for Christmas because it just makes my life so easy since I can make food for three days’ worth of meals for Justin and myself because of the three different compartments. If you have a bigger family, you’d probably just use it all up in one big meal (or two), but Justin and I typically only eat one big meal a day and snack the rest of the time so this is three days’ worth of cooking for us.
I’ve never bought anything that makes me this happy before or that is this useful in the kitchen. I just love this Chicago Metallic lasagna pan. After Romney wins, I’m going to celebrate by using an Amazon gift card I saved up to buy us a roasting pan from Chicago Metallic too…and then all winter I can make all kinds of roasts and I will think, “That’s the pan I ordered after Romney won the presidency. I ordered that when he was making his victory speech”. I like to imbibe household tools with magical memories like this for some reason.
440pm CST —
Apparently, this is a big and famous “southern rock group”. They are really good…like 70s rock. I have no idea who they are though, but people there seem to know. I swear, if you show me a pic of a fashion show from 1995 I could name every model and could probably tell you the designer, too…and I am good with movie stars and TV people…and of course I cover politics so I know most of the Congresscritters by sight…but I just don’t know music very well. That’s totally Justin’s department. Music and computer stuff. Leave the supermodels to me.
The song the group is playing is “Can’t You See?”…but I can’t see who’s playing it…lots of flag waving…excited people. It looks like everyone in Pennsylvania has turned out for this.
It’s dark in Pennsylvania…still light here in Chicago though. Must be cold there too because everyone is bundled up with hats and scarves. Everyone is smiling and excited.
I lived in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania back in 2004 and I worked on the Kerry campaign there. For the longest time they really thought Kerry would lose Pennsylvania and people were very freaked out all summer and into the fall. This was obviously back when I was still a Democrat. When we’d go canvassing for Kerry, people would say “I’ll vote for him because I always vote Democrat but he’s so gross. He looks like he would smell like farts. He reminds me of the guy on the Munsters”. I loved that. All of it was true. It wasn’t until the day or so before the election that the Kerry campaign felt it would actually win the state. And even then, we held our breath on election night. That was a sad and early night for me that year…I think I was home by 9pm, even though results were still coming in. We knew it was over though.
I mention this because it’s still hard for a lot of people to wrap their heads around the idea that Pennsylvania will go to Mitt Romney, but I really think it will. This is the best year ever for that to happen…and I can tell you that the fear in Kerry’s camp of losing Pennsylvania in 2004 was real. So it really is a state that could vote Republican…if the right Republican ran.
Mitt Romney is the right Republican and will win the state.
That’s such an exciting thought. It’s going to happen.
450pm CST — still the event pre-show…people getting into place, different musicians and canned music playing…
Sign in the crowd: REAL CHANGE on DAY ONE
Looks like Romney’s plane has been delayed. He’s flying in from Ohio. That would be my home state. Jealous?
I love saying that to Justin and teasing him that he’s not from Cleveland like me, so he must he jealous. Cleveland, Ohio…city of light, city of magic…where my heart will always be, even if Democrats have rendered it a pile of smoldering ruins.
CSPAN says that Romney “is also campaigning in Iowa, Ohio, and Virginia” today in addition to Pennsylvania. I wonder if they did it Iowa-Ohio-Pennsyvlania and then next up will be a later rally in Virginia, like an 8pm thing? A late one?
That would make sense to go west to east like that.
500pm CST — they are showing the crowd in Pennsylvania the video of the Romneys that they showed at the Republican Convention…the bio video, talking about the family, etc. Also talking about the Olympics. It’s a great video. I know someone will find it on YouTube and put it in comments for me.
Mitt’s talking about how much he loves Anne…and this is one of the only political couples who I think really are totally in love with each other. Like, old Hollywood romance love…like the Reagans had. I actually think the Carters really love each other too…and George and Laura Bush…and the first Bushes too.
I think the Clintons are best friends and know they are more powerful together than apart. The Obamas have an arranged “Down Low Club” marriage between a clearly gay man and a woman who was too difficult to deal with for a straight guy but who made a nice beard for a biracial guy who wanted black street cred.
It’s going to be great to have nice people who love each other and this country in the White House again.
506pm CST — I kind of love listening to Mitt Romney talk now. It makes me smile. He’s really going to fix things. I believe in him.
I pledge to do everything I can do to help him succeed in any way I can…and I hope you do, too. This remarkable man has agreed to serve…and he answered the call to duty. I hope you choose to help him from DAY ONE. He just said in the video he will devote every waking hour of his energy to making America strong again.
How about we all match that?
509pm CST — the video talks about Paul Ryan, and there’s a HUGE CHEER as he talks on his video from the VP introduction event.
Governor Corbett, former Governor Ridge, Senator Toomey and others are up there.
Ridge is doing the warmup of the crowd. He has a really cool leather jacket on. He looks great.
Romney’s plane has landed and he is on his way to the event area.
Ridge says that Paul Ryan is one of the best decisions Romney could have made…and I agree.
I wanted Allen West for VP because that man is AWESOME…but I do agree that Ryan was even better.
Ridge is saying that Obama had four years to do something, and he didn’t…time to send him home.
521pm CST —
Pat Toomey takes the stage. He says it is cold, but we are freezing for a reason. Love it.
He’s talking about making Harry Reid Minority Leader and the crowd cheers.
“We are going to paint Pennsylvania red on Tuesday”…Toomey has a red jacket on and refer to its color. I love a man who color coordinates for punchlines.
If you’ve never been to a campaign event, it’s fun to see people in person you don’t often get to hear speak. If you ever have a chance to go to a rally, you should one day. They’re fun. You meet a lot of fun people too.
524pm CST —
Governor Tom Corbett takes the stage.
What’s FASCINATING is that a lot of people in the crowd are actually wearing purple. That’s so wild to me. Like, it’s a reflection of the state. Purple…going into red. Did they all color coordinate?
“Pennsylvania is in play!”
It is a massive crowd…enormous.
Size-queen Bathhouse Barry can choke on it.
Corbett is telling everyone why the state is in play…give children a better country than we are giving them right now.
Corbett is stretching it out a little…waiting for the Romney motorcade to arrive. Saying that the Romney crowd tonight is bigger than the Obama crowd that assembled nearby for something. This is near the Washington crossing area. General Washington had a surprise victory and Pennsylvania will be a surprise victory too.
The Romneys are a family that believe in this country. This is about the future of the United States. It is about courage, doing the right thing even if it is not the popular thing. Integrity, character, honesty, love of country.
Corbett had campaigned with Tagg and Ben Romney yesterday…when they talk, they talk about Mitt as their dad. They tell the personal stories about Romney. Like the little boy with cancer who wanted to meet the Governor and to see fireworks on fourth of July. Mitt Romney arranged fireworks for the boy…but Massachusetts wouldn’t allow fireworks to be set off…so Romney took the boy to Maine and he got to see fireworks.
Telling story about when Romney’s colleagues’ daughter was kidnapped and held in chains he led the rescue effort to find her and bring her home. She was going to be sold into sex slavery but Mitt Romney organized the effort to stop it. I think there was an episode of Law & Order based on this (and would be surprised if there wasn’t).
Mitt Romney is kind of an action hero.
He’s actually awesome.
The crowd is chanting SEND HIM HOME, SEND HIM HOME and TWO MORE DAYS, TWO MORE DAYS.
THIS IS SO SMART!!!!!! Tom Corbett is telling everyone to take pictures of the crowd and put it on Twitter and Facebook and email to media…because the media loves to lie and claim “hundreds showed up” when there were thousands.
How awesome…to take down the Ministry of Truth by regular people becoming the reports.
Corbett says the different governors compete to see who brings in the biggest crowd for rallies…and Pennsylvania has beat them all!
“Take those pictures, don’t let the media lie”. Make Minitru look stupid. Show people that Minitru lies.
Romney is on his way.
“I want them to hear you in Philadelphia and Trenton. I want them to hear you in New York City. I want them to hear you in Washington DC.”
535pm CST —
Looks like the motorcade will arrive at 545pm CST. They are playing more music right now.
People look happy just bebopping and moving to the music. It’s fun.
Giant: VICTORY IN PENNSYLVANIA SIGN up above the crowd.
This is a larger crowd, by the way, than Bush drew in 2004 in the same location. People are excited!
546pm CST — the bus pulls up, with Mitt and Anne waving in the front!
People go nuts.
Patriotic music swells, flags wave…and then the ROCKY theme starts up (a Pennsylvania favorite).
Ladies and gentlemen…our next first family. They look great, wearing warm coats for the cold….
A warm Keystone State welcome to the next President of the United States and the next First Lady of the United States!
Chants of USA USA USA.
Romney: What a Philadelphia welcome. What a welcome.
Anne Romney speaks: Thrill of a lifetime. What a welcome. Thank you so much. This campaign is drawing to a close…what energy you have given us. Finish this race strong. We are so excited about Tuesday…and to be here in Pennsylvania. I am standing with a man that I have stood with for 43 years of marriage. In every circumstance I have seen him be exceptional in every way. He will not fail. We love this country and believe in America and this man will save this country and put it back on track. The next President of the United States, Mitt Romney.
ROMNEY: Thank you all. Thank you Marshall Tucker band. Talks about the hurricane. Please donate to the Salvation Army or other groups to provide care in tough time. Governor Christie is doing a great job and is giving his heart and passion. Thank you Governor. What a welcome. Thank you so very much. This audience and your voices are being heard all over the nation (even in Chicago!) and we will take back the White House because we will win Pennsylvania.
— This man looks presidential. It will be nice watching him for four years. He is competent. That’s change I can believe in —
This is a campaign about our country and our future. Stay at it all the way through victory on Tuesday. Look at the record of the people running for president. Change can’t be measured in speeches, but achievements. Candidate Obama promised a lot, but fell short. Obama promised to be post-partisan, but he’s been most partisan. He should have focused on creating jobs…but he focused on Obamacare and killed jobs. 9 million jobs short in the last report. Unemployment is higher today than when Obama took office. Obama raids medicare to pay for Obamacare. American family pays $3000 more a year now than when Obama was elected. Instead of bridging divides he makes them wider.
Obama has not lived up to promises to solve big problems. I will.
Obama fell so short of what he promised. He cared more about the Left’s agenda than new jobs. He declared war on coal and oil and gas. He raised taxes. He had an avalanche of new regulations. Everything he did hurt the economy. Americans are struggling to find a good job. Middle class is being squeezed with lower pay and higher taxes.
Obama thinks more government is the answer…but more good jobs is really the answer. The question of the election comes down to “Do you want four more years like the last four or do you want real change?”.
SEND HIM HOME SEND HIM HOME SEND HIM HOME is chanted.
I promise change and achieved change. I built a business. I turned around other ones. I turned around the Olympics. In my state I turned things around. That is why I am running for President. I will change the course the nation is on. I will see rising take-home pay.
— when the crowd chants his name, Romney actually blushes. It embarrasses him. He does not want this to be about him, but about the country. He is actually very humble and it shows —
I will not waste time complaining about predecessor. From DAY ONE I will go to work to get Americans back to work. Take advantage of energy resources: coal, oil, gas, renewables.
Speed through KeyStone Pipeline.
Boost trade with Latin America and designate China as currency manipulator.
Make all have skills they need for good paying jobs.
Downpayment on fiscal sanity act. Cut spending. Take office on January 20th and take responsibility for the office.
Boost small business to fix problems holding our economy back.
Grant all states waivers for Obamacare to begin its repeal.
For first time in four years, people will know that the President of the United States likes them and will bring business opportunities.
Obama has ignored, blamed, and attacked people in Congress. That freezes the economy. Obama can’t change Washington from the inside, so let’s send him home to get a chance to do it from the outside.
I am going to work with Republicans and Democrats and find the good ones who care about the country.
Change course on energy.
Help with prices at pump.
Achieve North American energy independence in 8 years.
Care about small business.
— incidentally…no TelePrompTer…Romney speaks extemporaneously —
603pm CST —
Not just the large size of the crowds, but the depth of your convictions. I learned as Governor that best achievements are shared achievements. I will conduct myself with respect for all and represent one nation, not one party.
USA USA USA is chanted.
Obama has tried claiming the last four years have been a success. His plan is to do all the things over again: stimulus, Obamacare, taxes. This will not lead to recovery or success. Obama will hurt the military. We could have more recession. Obama told his supporters to vote for REVENGE.
I ask you to vote for love of country instead.
Together we will lead America to a better place. We are two days away from a new beginning. I have an unshakeable faith in the American spirit.
With the right leadership, America will come roaring back.
We are Americans. We can do anything.
The only thing we are lacking is better leadership and that’s why we have elections.
You saw the differences at the debates. He says it has to be this way and I say it can’t stay this way. He has excuses and I have a plan.
We won’t settle. We have a dream. A better America. A better destiny.
TWO MORE DAYS and we will rebuild our country.
Confident we will be on a solid path and that college kids will find better jobs.
— Romney tells story about a troop that had sent a flag to the Challenger flight and it was recovered after the disaster and the flag was perfectly unharmed…and he saw the flag somewhere and got to touch it.
Talking about America the Beautiful song…honors veterans of armed forces to be recognized.
— watching him talk is watching THE PRESIDENT —
Take back America. We love you Pennsylvania. THANK YOU!
— Romney then goes to wave and shake hands and the crowd cheers. Flashbulbs on cameras pop like fireworks as real fireworks light up the sky. Flags wave. People are smiling. Many hold out their hands to touch the next president. Romney is swarmed as he tries to leave.
“God Bless you”, people shout. “THANK YOU MITT ROMNEY!” they yell.
— NOTE: The Secret Service is not treating him like a candidate. They are so tight in formation around him because he is the next President. They never were like this with McCain. The way they are scanning the crowd and watching him is like they do with a sitting president, not a candidate.
Everyone knows what’s going to happen Tuesday.
What think you?
This is both sad and weird at the same time.
That’s a perfectly cromulent word now.
In the last few days of the election, the Left has now decided to call Mitt Romney “a flip-flopper”. It’s a little late to start that meme, because Barack Obama decided to spend all summer attacking Romney as an evil corporate rich-man-villain…but that bombed. With two days left, the Left now wants to scream ‘He’s a flip-flopper!”.
It’s all they’ve got.
It’s pathetic and desperate.
The lefties I monitor are SO VERY QUIET on Facebook. They’re sharing this video and still talking about their favorite Halloween costumes. A few of them are saying that “Nate Silver promised Obama has an 80% chance of winning” and some of them are sharing electoral maps that have Virginia, Colorado, North Carolina, and Ohio in Obama’s column.
In reality all of those states will be voting to elect Mitt Romney…and so will Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Nevada, and possibly even Michigan and Minnesota too.
It’s going to take the patience of several saints to not succumb to the temptation to mock all of these lefties come Tuesday.
What are you seeing the Left do in these last few days that make them seem sweird or pathesperate to you?
In a little bit I’m going to get in the car and head up to the Kenosha area in Wisconsin again with my boyfriend Justin; the first stop we’re making is to Kinko’s where I’ll run off another 100 color sheets of palm cards that tell people they can watch “The Hope and the Change” for FREE on Hulu.com. For the last week or so, I’ve been telling as many people as I can about this movie being available for them to watch online — for FREE — so that they can see how disappointed Obama’s 2008 voters are in his presidency. There is no way that someone who is not a committed Leftist would vote for Obama again after watching this movie.
The problem is that non-political people don’t know the movie is on Hulu for FREE. They might have heard it’s “online somewhere”, but a lot of people just aren’t very computer savvy and need things spelled out in great detail to understand what to do. So I made up these palm cards that make it impossible for people to not understand how to find the movie. I figure if I get them that far, they’ll actually check it out. Even if they don’t watch the whole thing, I think they’ll not vote for Obama after seeing just a few minutes of it.
When we get to Wisconsin, Justin and I just find a nice-looking neighborhood we have not already hit and we each take about half of the cards we made up (since I’m printing out another 900 cards today, that means 450 for me and Justin alike). And then we hit all the cars on the street and every house on the block. I take a roll of tape with me and that’s how we affix the cards to people’s front doors. The cards are self-explanatory so I don’t even knock (because that would take much longer) and we leave the cards under windshield wipers. Sometimes someone will be home or wonder why I left something on the door and I just say “There’s a free movie called The Hope and the Change on Hulu and we wanted you to know about it!”. If anyone asks who we’re with, we just tell them we’re fellow citizens who wanted to spread the word about the movie. Which is true, since I’m not affiliated with any campaign and neither is Justin.
We’re just Americans who love our country and want as many people to watch this movie as possible.
On the drive to and from Wisconsin we also stop at different rest areas and restaurants and I leave the palm cards any place I can. I love stopping in Cracker Barrels because they have a little General Store area…and it’s full of all kinds of candy and displays of lots of different stuff. There are TONS of great places to leave a palm card there. I also tape the cards up in the men’s room stalls and if we eat lunch or dinner at Cracker Barrel I also leave the cards on the seats at our table so the next people who sit down will get them.
As we’re eating I also leave the cards visible to other diners and people ask if they can have some too, and of course I give it to them. This has happened EVERY TIME we’ve been out doing this. If you have something in your hand — anything — and it looks like you are giving it away for free people will want it. It’s just human nature.
We always tape these to the pumps at the gas station too, near where it shows how much the gas is costing. That way people filling up will see it.
You know that I am confrontational by nature and have no trouble getting into arguments with people, but my boyfriend Justin is the polar opposite. If he’s going to be with me I always need to understand that Justin does not like doing scary or caustic things…and so we do things like distribute the palm cards together. He loves doing this because he doesn’t have to say anything and no one gets mad at him. He also likes to race me to see if he can distribute his stack of 450 before I do.
If you have a printer at home then you don’t have to go to Kinko’s. I made the palm cards in color but you can also print them in black and white to save some ink. I like doing them at Kinko’s because they have one of those giant, old-school paper cutters with the guillotine arm and it makes cutting the cards out very easy to do…but scissors work fine. Don’t think you have to run off 100 sheets of cards just because that’s what I’m doing with Justin…just do as many as you think you can distribute today and tomorrow. It makes no sense to hand these out on Tuesday — election day — because there would be no time for anyone to see the movie.
So, today and tomorrow (Monday) are the last days that we’re able to spread the word about “The Hope and the Change”.
We’ll never know how many people we got to see the movie through this effort…or who we reached…but I like to think that something like this is a very non confrontational and fun way to get people to think about how much “hope and change” disappointed them and how they’re going to remedy that on Tuesday.
Let me know if you are handing these cards out too and getting any feedback where you live!
What else are you doing to help Romney/Ryan in your part of the country?
Scott Brown is totally going to win the Senate race. Nobody showed up at Elizabeth Warren rally today despite 6 Mayors being there.
Now, let’s look at the facts here. Five former and one current Mayor assembled for a rally for Elizabeth Warren in Worcester, Massachusetts. Since no one else showed up to attend the rally, there were more Mayors there than regular people. Almost everyone in attendance was a Mayor.
When I used to do event planning for a living I used to have nightmares about things like this: planning an event for months, working hard to bring everything under budget, inviting scores of people…and no one would show up. That never happened to me, THANK GOODNESS…but I would seriously wake up in cold sweats from dreams about it.
Honestly, let’s think about the Massachusetts Senate race for a second:
* Scott Brown is hot. He’s a former Cosmo centerfold. I smile a little every time I see him. I’m sure there are a great many women in Massachusetts who will vote for the “cutie” no matter who they vote for in the presidential race.
* Scott Brown is a guy people would want to have a beer with (if not wake up next to). Straight guys don’t find him too handsome…but see him as a guy they’d like as a buddy.
* Martha Coakley was a much better candidate than Elizabeth Warren.
* The Ministry of Truth said for a month that Warren beat Brown and that no Republican would take “the Kennedy seat”
* Brown made almost every pundit look like a buffoon back in 2010 by winning the race they said he couldn’t win.
I really like this guy. Always have. He is what he is and he represents the people of Massachusetts, who want their Senator to vote for things that I don’t agree with all the time…but he is light years better in the Senate than Ted Kennedy. He is light years better than Martha Coakley would have been…and he’s better than Elizabeth Warren would be.
I think Scott Brown is the best Senator that Massachusetts could hope for…and my contacts in the state tell me that he’s going to win and Elizabeth Warren is hated.
THIS rally above lends credence to that.
I will tell you that as an event planner anything I did outside in Chicago always attracted crowds of lookyloos. There is always a crowd for anything…unless people want nothing to do with whoever the event is for.
People want NOTHING TO DO WITH Elizabeth Warren.
Scott Brown will win even though Obama will win Massachusetts. Minitru won’t admit it, because it’s claiming that Massachusetts voters are just going to vote for Obama AND Warren…but that’s not true. They’re going to split the vote and keep the cutie in office.
How about distributing some “The Hope and the Change on Hulu.com” palm cards at church tomorrow (or wherever you go on Sunday)?
As of tomorrow, we’ll have just two days left to get as many people as possible to know about ‘The Hope and the Change” being available for FREE on Hulu.com. I truly believe that no one who sees this movie can possibly vote for Barack Obama. The trick is getting the people who NEED to see it to watch it.
That’s where you come in.
Tomorrow, a lot of people will be heading to church. Why not take some palm cards with you when you go and hand them out to people you see telling them about this movie called “The Hope and the Change” that talks about how all those promises from 2008 really worked out.
Maybe you can ask the priest or preacher to tell people how they can watch “The Hope and the Change” for FREE on Hulu.com too. Can’t hurt to ask, right?
If you aren’t religious but there is a church near you, why not find out when mass or services are held and be out there as people leave the building…and you can pass out palm cards then.
Is there a place where a lot of people go on Sundays where you live? Then why not go there and hand out palm cards?
If you are someone who does not like talking to strangers, you can just walk around your neighborhood with a stack of palm cards and a roll of tape and stick them anonymously to people’s doors. I also like to take them to the windows of cars too (or put them under the windshield wiper if you can). I carry a stack of palm cards with me wherever I go and leave them all over the place. I even snuck some into the grocery store by the deli section…where they had all these coupons for different meats (that were just little stacks of paper too). I’ve been putting the palm cards there when no one was looking, next to the coupons, and no one’s gotten rid of them. I hope people take a palm card while they are picking up their meat coupons.
I leave word about this FREE Hulu availability for the movie on the bus and trains, anywhere there is a cork board, and I hand them out to people as they pass me on the street.
“Hey, there’s a free movie that’s showing on Hulu. Check it out,” I say. And they take the card, say thanks, and keep moving. They never want to engage in more conversation than that. My boyfriend Justin is very shy and does not like talking to strangers but he enjoys going around and putting the palm cards everywhere. Justin takes them to the gym and slips them into all the open lockers. He leaves them in the aisles at the drug store and puts them into all the magazines that are for sale on news stands (like they are those subscription cards). Justin loves finding places to slip these cards so we get the word out guerrilla-style that “The Hope and the Change” is free to watch on Hulu.com.
I ran out of printer ink and didn’t want to order more so I’ve been printing these out at Kinko’s and then cutting them; I usually run off $100 of them in color and end up with 900 palm cards to pass out each day…but you could print them in black and white too. Justin and I were saving up to go to Washington for the Inauguration but honestly I’d rather spend that on making up more palm cards and spreading the word about Hulu.com and the movie…so we’re driving up to Wisconsin every morning until Monday to get as many of these palm cards out to people in Wisconsin across the Illinois border as possible.
On Tuesday we’re both doing things for the election (with Justin poll watching and me running things here doing a live stream transcript of everything that happens that day), but between now and Monday afternoon we are trying to get as many palm cards out to people as possible.
If you could consider printing off a bunch of sheets, cutting them out, and distributing them where you live (especially church tomorrow) then I think we can do all we can to get as many folks as possible to watch this movie.
CAN YOU HELP SPREAD THE WORD?
What other good places can people leave palm cards on Sunday and Monday?
GREAT MERCIFUL ZEUS: You must read this description of what’s happening on Staten Island…and how angry people are over the marathon
UPDATE: Due to a nationwide outcry, Michael Bloomberg is finally doing what he should have done immediately: as of 430pm CST, the NYC Marathon has been canceled. Now, let’s hope public pressure forces him to provide all the materials that were allocated for the Marathon to the people of New York who need them. Things like the three generators kept in Central Park to power the media tents for the race, all the shoes, clothes, food, water, etc. that were being held in reserve for the spoiled runners…and everything else that the City was hoarding in preparation for the marathon that can now be diverted to people made homeless by Hurricane Sandy.
Will Bloomberg do the right thing and help his people now that the distraction of this race is over?
Over at EW.com, they have some guy named Theo Rossi writing in; he’s on a show I’ve never heard of that I think is about drugs and criminals (if it had singing and dancing and/or Muppets, I’d know all about it but I think this is a straight guy show on cable) and he’s from Staten Island.
Please read his whole piece on how it’s all reminding him of “The Walking Dead”: no electricity, no water, no heat, no food, no gas. There are 4 hour waits for gas. But the most dangerous part for Democrats is what he says about the marathon:
I’ve been trying to hit every shelter on Staten Island to do what I can, just to make people smile. A lot of people know me and know I’m from here. My flight has been changed six times now. Finally, I got a flight for Sunday. Then, the city decides they are going ahead with the New York City Marathon. The bridges will be closed, so I can’t get to the airport. How are they doing a marathon when most people don’t have power? On top of it, the hotels in Manhattan have been nice enough to put up people who have no homes. They are charging them $200 as opposed to $700 a night. But now they are throwing these people out because they’ve got people from all over the world coming to run the marathon. They are throwing out the survivors! So I call Jet Blue and say I can’t fly Sunday because I can’t get from Staten Island to JFK Airport. And they said ‘Okay Theo.’ They know me know because I’ve been calling them every 15 minutes. They say, ‘Theo, we can get you on a flight Friday.’ I say book it! I call up the car service, and they say, ‘We can’t pick you up, we have no gas.’ All my friends on Staten Island say, ‘How are we going to get you there? We have no gas.’ And the people who do have gas, don’t want to waste it going to JFK. So I’ve got to call and change my flight again. Now I’m leaving Monday. Everybody says if we don’t have gas in our cars by Monday, if the roads aren’t clear by Monday, that’s it … we’re throwing in the towel.
If Michael Bloomberg REALLY insists on this Marathon happening, he will eclipse Ray Nagin of New Orleans as being the stupidest and worst Mayor in the country’s history.
I need to keep repeating this, apparently, because the fear porn mongers are still claiming this storm is good for Barack Obama. Like Hell it is.
Every day, New Yorkers get angrier. While the Ministry of Truth is not reporting on this…word of the devastation is making its way to the public via the entertainment sites.
People know what is going on, and this weekend they are going to ask why in Hell the Democrats who control everything in New York aren’t bringing back order.
“Post-apocalyptic” is not an adjective that benefits Barack Obama in any way just four days before the election.
PS — Here’s an interesting twist to all this: the selfish Marathon runners are demanding that refugees be thrown out of hotels because the runners had reservations. Some hotels are standing up to the prima donna runners.
I was the head of security at a hotel in Cleveland a decade ago. I don’t know about New York, but in Ohio and the City of Cleveland itself, there were innkeepers’ laws that prohibited us from evicting a guest for anything but nonpayment, destruction of property, violence, or noise complaints from other guests. If a guest didn’t pay, we could change the electronic lock and force them to come down to the front desk…but we were not allowed to remove a guest’s possessions from a room and take then anywhere. If we did, we’d get sued by anyone smart enough to involve a lawyer. At the security seminars I had to attend for my job, I heard stories of hotel’s making stupid mistakes and removing people’s bags…and the guests then claiming that a $5,000 computer was missing and another $1,000 in cash etc. In the end, the hotels were forced to settle because they could not prove that the staff DIDN’T take those valuables while removing the guest’s belongings from rooms.
Innkeepers’ laws are on the books to protect travelers from being kicked out into the cold with nowhere else to go in a strange city. They are especially enforced during nightmare scenarios…such as Hurricane Sandy. All hotels overbook by a certain percentage every night, due to people not showing up for reservations. The later you arrive to check-in, the more likely you are to be told that the hotel is overbooked and you need to go elsewhere. Hotels are required to make other reservations for you and to also pay for your stay somewhere else that night; this is called “walking a guest” to another property, though you don’t literally “walk” over there with the person. It is one of the most stressful situations to deal with for anyone working the front desk, because people scream and yell and even throw things when they arrive at a hotel at 1am or whenever and are told there is no room at the inn.
I remember many instances where a guest kept extending his or her stay and we couldn’t do anything about it. We’d try to persuade them to leave, and we’d charge them a higher rate for staying (which was legal), but we couldn’t remove the person. The police would not help us and in fact would side with the guest because as long as the hotel is being paid then we could not evict them unless they were committing damage or causing noise complaints. If we lied and said someone was doing that, we’d be sued. Hotels do not like being sued.
So, unless the refugees voluntarily leave the hotels I don’t think there is anything the marathon runners can do about it. The hotels will NOT risk the bad PR by booting the refugees out. That’s something a hotel brand would not survive. Forever, that company would be known as the one that threw people who survived a hurricane out into the street just because some marathon runners were coming. A General Manager would have to be out of his mind to approve that. And, frankly, cops will not help evict the refugees. No way in Hell that is happening.
So I just don’t know what Bloomberg is smoking in pushing to hold this marathon as scheduled. If he really goes ahead with this for Sunday, it is going to be all out bedlam.
Chicago gay activist Art Johnston is one of the key funders of Equality Illinois, an organization that frequently maligns Republicans as bigots and revs up Democrats (especially gay Democrats) to vote against conservatives because both Equality Illinois and Johnston himself claim that only Democrats are sensitive to all the members of “our community”. Johnston’s also the main owner of Sidetrack the Video Bar, which is the largest and most famous gay bar in Boystown. Recently, Sidetrack hosted a big party for Cyndi Lauper and the premier of her “Kinky Boots” stage show in Chicago…in addition to other big events like the “Night of a Hundred” drag show that was, incidentally, a big fundraiser for Equality Illinois. So the bar and the organization it helps fund are inextricably connected.
Considering Equality Illinois’ stated mission, it’s strange that Sidetrack time and again makes questionable decisions that seem hypocritical in light of Johnston’s professed mission for “equality” here in Illinois.
On the bar’s official website right now, in the section devoted to its Halloween party, are proudly displayed photos of a friend of Johnston’s dressed up as Adolf Hitler. The photos were taken by one of the bartenders, Archer Coe, and were selected by hand for publication on the bar’s website to commemorate the highlights of the 2012 Sidetrack Halloween party…which included a man dressed up as Adolf Hitler. Not everyone who wore a costume to the party was photographed and put up on the website…but two photos of Johnston’s friend dressed up as Hitler are up there.
Art Johnston, it must be noted, is also a major donor and fundraising bundler for Barack Obama and other Democrats.
Can you IMAGINE what the Left would do if anyone connected to Republican political campaigns in even a tangential way had a friend who dressed up as Adolf Hitler attend his Halloween event at his place of business? And then that person proudly displayed those photos on his website? Great Merciful Zeus, it would be front page news and the Ministry of Truth that is our national media would pillory the candidate because he accepted checks from the guy who hosted Adolf Hitler at his Halloween party.
When gays are this insensitive to Jewish people (or to the memories of the many gays that Adolf Hitler executed in concentration camps alongside the Jews…where gays were branded with pink triangles instead of Stars of David), Minitru looks away because gays are the Democrat Party’s ATM (the GayTM)..and so if gays now think Hitler’s funny or an ideal party guest, then it’s okay for them to do this…but it would be riot-worthy if a Republican did it.
Sidetrack has a long history of hypocrisy like this, and doing things that are the polar opposite of all the stated goals of Equality Illinois. Since Johnston and all of his staff are Democrats, Minitru believes they should be immune to charges of hypocrisy…because Sidetrack does a lot of heavy lifting for Democrats in Chicago. Some of the past incidents that have occurred at the bar include:
* Hosting the premiere of the now-defunct Boystown talk show “Only at Brunch” (that lasted exactly one episode), which featured one cast member mocking Trig Palin for having Down Syndrome; this video was played on all the screens inside Sidetrack with free promotion contributed by Johnston to pack as many people inside to see the video as possible.
* During the 2010 Illinois gubernatorial race between Democrat Pat Quinn and Republican Bill Brady, Sidetrack plastered its windows on Halsted with large signs that read “Brady’s a bigot!”, “Stop Brady!”, and “Bill Brady Hates Gays!”. But during the campaign, the only hatred in evidence was coming from the gay “community” towards Brady (and not the other way around).
* Four days after Congresswoman Gabby Giffords was shot in the head during an assassination attempt in Tucson, Sidetrack’s co-owner Jose “Pepe” “Pep” Pena (Johnston’s domestic partner) personally played a roughly 12-minute video montage showing images of Governor Sarah Palin and her family being executed with assault rifles in the woods like they were the Romanovs; this clip was followed by a collection of scenes from horror movies showing people being murdered violently until a final image appeared asking Sidetrack patrons, “Wouldn’t it be great if this happened to Sarah Palin?”. That hateful anti-Palin montage ran regularly on the screens after that, because Pena insists “it’s funny and people hate her”.
* On “Comedy Thursdays”, Sidetrack plays (to this day) a clip of an elderly woman being raped by a large dog. As the terrified grandma screams for help, her twisted family members stand by laughing as the massive canine becomes erect, mounts her, and shoves her to the ground to penetrate her. Sidetrack patrons are encouraged to laugh and laugh at this old woman being raped by a dog. Welcome to “Comedy Thursdays!”. Hope you love rape.
* During the 2011 summer season, Sidetrack hosted the ill-fated “Laugh Track Thursdays” live comedy events where local comedians were invited to perform in cabaret style. One of the “comics” was Chicago public school teacher Bradley Thomas Balof (who also works sometimes as a male stripper, nude model, and Sidetrack bartender) whose routine included “jokes” about how stupid his black students were and how difficult they are to teach. These were “jokes” in the line of “Starqueesha is so dumb, she asked what’s the number for 9-1-1″. Hardy, har, har at Sidetrack. It’s widely speculated that Sidetrack got in enough hot water over the racist jokes told during “Laugh Track” events that they were discontinued after August of 2011.
* Christians are mocked relentlessly at Sidetrack. This included Bradley Thomas Balof taking to the stage at various events this summer to rev the crowd up in hatred against Chick-Fil-A (including one where Sidetrack had someone stand there in a yellow chicken costume while patrons were encouraged to scream obscenities at the proxy for the restaurant, like it was a two-minute-hate from 1984). Sidetrack shows nonstop video montages in the bar that depict priests as pedophiles, nuns as either pregnant or sexually insatiable, and Jesus in degrading and compromising positions that are often sexual in nature. Nothing like this would ever be done towards Muslims at Sidetrack. Jews, apparently, get visits by Adolf Hitler there, though.
This goes on all the time.
But the weird thing is that not all gay bars are like this; in Chicago, only Sidetrack does this stuff. At other bars, the owners keep things strictly about having fun, dancing, drinking, and enjoying music. At Sidetrack, hatred is pushed by Johnston and Pena and the Sidetrack staff. This happens over and over again, and Sidetrack never tones it down no matter how many patrons complain. Johnston, who often introduces himself as “Chicago’s Harvey Milk”, long ago soured on running just a bar and instead maintains an active propaganda center for the Left’s talking points in the heart of Boystown.
There’s a place like this in every major city, actually. It’s how Democrats keep gays on the party’s plantation…by coopting big public events and using high profile venues to indoctrinate young gay guys just coming out to hate Christians, mock Jews, make fun of women, and treat Republicans as “the enemy”. If guys want to keep going to Sidetrack and to be part of all the cool events they hold there, then they have to learn that what “gay community leaders” like Johnston want is how they must all behave. This is the Left’s control mechanism for gays…and it’s not just happening in Chicago.
If you’re someone who has a problem with Sidetrack proudly displaying Art Johnston’s friend dressed up as Adolf Hitler for Halloween, please let them know:
Sidetrack the Video Bar
3349 North Halsted
Chicago, IL 60657
Phone — 773.477.9189
And why not copy these guys too?
3318 N. Halsted St. (New Address)
Chicago, IL 60657
URGENT NEW YORK GROUND REPORT: Violence to break out this weekend over the Marathon’s diversion of resources
Today while Justin and I were driving to Wisconsin and back to do some canvassing for Romney/Ryan in the morning, I used the time on the road to make calls to a handful of friends I have not yet been able to reach in New York City. All of them live in Manhattan and were spared any direct damage from Hurricane Sandy — but all of them have friends and family in Brooklyn, Staten Island, Long Island, and other areas that were impacted by flooding and wind damage. Most of these people do not know each other…but EVERY CALL WAS THE SAME.
Immediately after we established they were fine and had survived relatively in tact, all of them said a variation of this to me: THERE IS GOING TO BE VIOLENCE THIS WEEKEND. BECAUSE OF THE MARATHON.
The anger in these people’s voices was thick when they talked about “that (insert expletive here) Michael Bloomberg and that (another expletive, this time really colorful) Marathon”. The only thing I can compare this to is one of those episodes of 20/20 where they report on some kind of caged animal attack…and they begin the segment by showing some rube taunting a lion for the delight of roadside tourists…and anyone with sense to them can just SEE that the lion is getting angrier and in moments is going to maul that Bubba. There’s this tension you feel as a viewer, just knowing what is going to happen, but being unable to stop it.
THAT is how my New York contacts report on the mood in the city right now…with the wealthy New Yorkers like Bloomberg completely oblivious that they are taunting an angry lion by going forward with the Marathon.
One of my friends used to date a Port Authority cop and is still friendly with him. She tells me that the cop is enveloped in a sense of pure dread headed into this weekend. This is a cop who worked recovery operations and was on duty at the dumps sifting through rubble after 9/11 looking for body parts to identify…and he says that right now he feels the worst he’s felt since then. He is horrified by the Mayor’s decision to go forward with the Marathon because “people are going to die when the fighting starts over this”. The cop describes New York right now as “a powder keg” and Bloomberg is lightning the fuse by diverting generators, food, water, and other resources to the Marathon.
Anyone with sense about him would postpone this event, or cancel it outright this year. But Bloomberg is pressing ahead with this because Democrats can’t risk political fallout for admitting that New York hasn’t yet recovered from the hurricane…and in doing this, Democrats are actually sealing their own doom because hosting the Marathon will result in more anger and damage to the party than canceling it would have. This is why Democrats should never hold high elected office…they forever make situations worse by trying to cover things up, hide the truth, or score political points.
An ex of mine who lives in the city and is a comic book artist told me his family on Long Island are furious and are now voting for Mitt Romney because they are disgusted with Democrats; this is an ex who wouldn’t speak to me from 2008-2010 because I backed McCain/Palin after the nomination was taken away from Hillary in 2008. He finally admitted I was right about Obama after Obamacare passed, because his dad is a doctor and told him that the mandate and all its 20 myriad taxes would destroy the economy as we know it and ruin medical practice in this country. My ex’s parents have never voted Republican in their lives but are doing so on Tuesday…and he reports that many of his parents’ friends and their families are doing the same. Once again, this is first hand reporting on the ground telling you that Hurricane Sandy did not help Obama…but it actually damaged Democrats immensely, only the Ministry of Truth won’t report on that. “It’s kind of like the dam hurts with all the flooding and people are letting all their pent-up frustration and anger burst out…and it’s all going towards Obama,” my ex reported. “And with them going ahead with the Marathon people are saying it’s just because canceling it would hurt Obama, so people are angry. There’s going to be a riot this weekend, I really think there will be”.
It’s ironic, too, because for the longest time the Left has tried to scare conservatives by claiming that blacks would riot on November 6th if Obama is not reelected…and, thus, one of the reasons giving for reelecting him was to keep blacks from rioting (so vote for Obama because otherwise the cities will burn). Democrats are now pushing forward with this idiotic Marathon while people in New York are in need of those resources to meet their basic needs…and not a single person in the party has sense enough to see the explosion of anger this is going to cause.
“It’s going to be bad. It’s going to be Rodney King bad. Just angry people smashing things and killing people because they are so mad that food and water and electricity is being taken for the Marathon but not given to them. I think they’re going to attack the Marathon runners and beat them. If I knew anyone who wanted to run that race, I’d tell them to just not come because they are going to get hurt”, one of my friends from college, a public school teacher in NYC, told me this morning. She believes that throngs of New Yorkers who have no heat, food, water, or electricity (or even homes) are going to descend on the Marathon route and take their anger out on the people running the race and “beat the (expletive) out of them”. She thinks they will also mob the Marathon headquarters “and take what they want” before the race even starts.
For the last two months, the Ministry of Truth has been constantly pushing stories designed to terrify Republicans and cripple them with frost-fingered fear in the lead up to this election. Great Merciful Zeus, it is a divine irony that the people who need to be truly afraid right now are Democrats…because they are playing with dynamite in regards to this Marathon and they are completely ignoring the dangers in going forward with an event that sucks resources from hurricane-affected areas just so the very wealthy can have their massive parade/party throughout the city.
“What you don’t understand is what a nightmare that race is in a normal year. It makes life Hell on us under normal circumstances, especially with all the people form out of town who come to clog up the city. You want to do THAT right NOW when all Hell just broke loose? Are you out of your damn mind?”, another friend said. I sympathize with this because when Chicago hosts big public events life grinds to a halt in the Loop. All summer long, various neighborhoods hold street festivals that disrupt life for whole weekends. A few times a year, Chicago shuts down certain major roads for bicycle races, marathons, 5ks, or whatever. One time, Mayor Daley allowed Michigan Avenue to be shut down for Oprah Winfrey for THREE DAYS (I believe she was being moved from one part of town to possibly the lake, which might have been a more natural habitat for that charybdis).
I think if Hurricane Sandy happened in Chicago, Mayor Daley would have postponed a race that was supposed to be run the very next weekend. He would have had sense to know that people would explode with anger if basic needs weren’t being met but the City diverted resources to a race. Rahm Emanuel, the current Mayor, would probably let the race proceed because he’d be more worried that canceling the race would disappoint people…and then they wouldn’t vote for Obama on Tuesday as a result. It looks like Michael Bloomberg is in the Rahm Emanuel school of thought.
I really hope New Yorkers can keep it under control but I’ll tell you that Chicago was mighty cold and wet today. Justin and I have everything we need, yet I woke up this morning and felt pretty snappy because I do not much like the cold. I had to really control myself to be polite to Justin and he had to restrain himself because he hates driving but we wanted to hit Wisconsin every day to canvass before the election. I can easily see how New Yorkers who are wet, cold, hungry, and living in the dark would be ready to explode with the slightest provocation. I’ve been to New York many times and people there are on the edge of violence on a gorgeous, breezy, bright summer day. So many people in such a tight space puts everyone on edge…and then throw in a hurricane flooding the subways and forcing people to walk two hours over bridges and through damp tunnels to get to work…and you have people who will be furious that a City that can’t get its act together to restore life to normal can take the weekend off to screw around with a race?
There is no way that this ends well…unless someone makes Bloomberg postpone or cancel the Marathon.
“It’s going to get ugly. Real ugly. Please pray that people stay patient and don’t explode”.
For any of you that were afraid Hurricane Sandy would end up helping Barack Obama…I hope you now see that it’s really DEMOCRATS who should be afraid of the damage this storm is going to do to them between now and November 6th.
Middle Class New Yorkers Are Eating Out of Garbage Dumpsters. Do you see why I said it was stupid to believe “Hurricane Sandy would be good for Obama!”
[ H/t Drudge Report for the image that should clearly show all of you that, no, Hurricane Sandy was NOT politically good for Barack Obama and Democrats ]
Honestly, I don’t like calling people stupid…but for the last few days we’ve seen all the usual fear porn mongers on conservative sites frantically claiming that “Hurricane Sandy would be good for Obama!” or that “Because of Hurricane Sandy Obama will win the election!”. The people who are writing this stuff are either stupid…or are they are deliberately lying to their readers just to drive up web traffic and freak people out for fun. A lot of you out there read that stuff on either AceofSpades or HotAir or Breitbart (Andrew Breitbart would truly be ashamed of what happened to his websites and who is writing there now) or wherever and were reduced to quivering puddles by brushes with frost-fingered fear. I have no idea why you believe the fear mongers, but you choose to…and I only hope you see how wrong these people all are.
Please do not allow the fear mongers to keep panicking you by letting them toy with your emotions for their own fun and profit.
I told you from the beginning that Democrats are incompetent and their response to Hurricane Sandy will be inept, as everything the last four years with them in control has been. Barack Obama has no idea what he is doing and most of the team he brought with him to Washington from Chicago are buffoons. They have not done a single thing right in four years, and they were not able to do anything right in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. I told you that by Friday of this week people in the one-party-rule Democrat enclaves affected by the path of Hurricane Sandy would be FURIOUS because the slow-moving and incompetent public sector unions there would not restore order quickly…and conditions would look like those in a horror movie. This is how things will be in New York and New Jersey until the spring, folks…and certainly until after the election next Tuesday.
Today, we learn that well-dressed middle class New Yorkers are EATING OUT OF GARBAGE DUMPSTERS because Democrats have not restored basic services in a city they completely control and a state they control.
Do you understand the ramifications of this?
It’s only been a day or two since Sandy and this is already happening. By next Tuesday, there will be full-on riots in New York over food, water, electricity, heat, and basic shelter. These riots will actually happen, unlike the ones the fear mongers insist will take place when Obama loses. It is not a far step for middle class people to make from eating garbage out of dumpsters to killing each other for food in Manhattan. It has gone all kinds of Escape from New York out there…on Barack Obama’s watch.
Contrary to the fear porn you read by Ace, Allahpundit, Ben Shapiro, and others this is a VERY BAD THING FOR BARACK OBAMA.
Democrats are showing they have no idea how to handle any crisis…and people who heard for the last seven years what a monster George W. Bush was because of Katrina are now scratching their heads and wondering why on Earth Democrats can’t get it together with Sandy.
Seriously, open your eyes and just read the stories that Drudge is flashing today…about the chaos and ineptitude Democrats are manifesting in New York and New Jersey in the storm’s wake.
Then, sit down and think about every single conservative writer or pundit who claimed that “Hurricane Sandy will win Obama the election!”.
If these people scared you with fear porn over this…when you are now clearly seeing that these were just outright lies…then you need to decide if you want to spend the rest of this election believing any of these people and their fear porn anymore. That’s up to you, but I hope you are honest with yourself and you can admit if you were taken in by all the cries of “SHARK! SHARK! GET OUT OF THE WATER!” that had your heart racing and your bodies gasping for air because Ace, Allahpundit, Ben Shapiro, and the others told you to panic…and today you see there was no reason to panic and they had just played you for a fool.
They did this to both drive up their web traffic and also to see how freaked out they could get you…and for a lot of you it worked. Going forward, you need to decide if you’re going to go running for the beach, knocking over old people and small children, the next time the fear porn peddlers shout “SHARK!” in the last days before November 6th.
Stop letting these guys direct emotional terrorism at you and please calm down and think about these stories before they give you heart attacks.
Barack Obama is going to lose. Nothing can save him. The election will not even be close.
And come November 7th, when you see you had no reason to be terrified…I really hope you give all the guys who scared the stuffing out of you for the last two months a piece of your mind so that they are prevented from pulling this stunt on you ever again.
FURTHER READING (h/t Drudge):
If you think this is going to cause anyone to vote for Democrats then you are out of your damn mind. And any conservative writer pushing that apocryphal fear porn needs to lose his job and his platform that allows him to scare the bejeebus out of people with stupid lies like this.
UPDATE: Check this out: CATASTROPHIC damage to NYC subways.
So, my boyfriend Justin is an architect and one of the classes he took in school had something to do with transportation systems and urban planning.
He watched the video that’s embedded in the story above, the one about the catastrophic damage to the subways. Justin says there’s no way they are going to get the subways functioning again FOR A YEAR. “All of that track is going to need to be replaced because the water would have bent it when it rushed through the tunnels. It will not be safe to run trains on that, they’d derail”.
Here in Chicago, there is a “subway” called the “El”, because part of it is Elevated. One of the lines is called the Red Line, and it runs north and south…from way up past Boystown near Evanstown and then down to the depths of the Southside. Sox Stadium is roughly 3/4 or so from the end of the line…and all the track that’s south of Sox Stadium is being replaced next year…with the entire line south of Sox Stadium being shut down FOR A YEAR so it can be fixed.
It “catastrophic damage” doesn’t mean that the New York Subway system will be down for a year, then I don’t know what “catastrophic” means.
None of this will be talked about before the election, but New Yorkers are not stupid. They know the subways flooded and there will be massive damage. None of those trains are coming back into service soon. If they were back running by next summer, I would be surprised.
Just for fun, I had Justin email one of his old professors from school — the one who taught the class on transportation systems — and the guy wouldn’t guess how long it would take to fix but he said that “they will need to replace all of it and it will not be done quickly”.
Factor in the unions that deliberately drag jobs out to last longer so the unions earn more, and New Yorkers will have to adjust to life without subways for a year. I really think that will be true.